Tried and tested

Introducing the very best cleansing balms perfect for your first cleanse

Whether you’ve recently graduated from micellar water to hardworking {cleansing balms} or you’re a die-hard obsessive who (sometimes!) cannot help but start their morning routine with a cheeky and ultra-luxurious cleansing balm, this is the place for you.

From the best hardworking heroes that melt {make up} and sweep away impurities to the ultra-gentle and natural formulas that deserve a rightful spot in your Holy Grail {skin care} routine, we’re rounded up some of the very best cleansing balms worth your precious pounds. Scroll on for the juicy details…


Versed {Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm}

Boasting a spellbinding spa-in-a-jar aroma (that’s eucalyptus and clove leaf oil – not artificial fragrance), this hard-working balm-to-milk cleanser melts away make up and impurities without stripping moisture from your skin – thank you, vitamin E. As you massage it into your skin with wet fingertips, the oil-based formula softens to create a light, gentle milk that rinses clean with no oily residue. Don’t forget to wash into your hairline and along your jawline too!


Lumity {4-in-1 Cleansing Balm}

Hailed as a ‘Nutrient Rich Skin Saviour’, Lumity’s 4-in-1 Cleanse does much more than just leave skin impeccably clean. A botanical balm overflowing with precious plant extracts to treat and replenish your cells as it works to dissolve the day’s debris, this gorgeous formula gently removes all your make up while purging your pores and resurfacing thanks to jojoba beads. What’s more, this sensorial, heavenly-scented confection works well as a glorious mask to intensively nourish depleted complexions in need of some T.L.C. treatment. What’s not to love?


Glow Recipe’s {Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm}

A Cult Beauty exclusive, this lightweight, skin-nourishing balm-to-foam texture grips oils, dirt and debris to sweep away every last trace of the day. Fruity and refreshing, the star is papaya – a rich source of dark spot-diminishing vitamin C and cell-stimulating vitamin A – which refines as it helps to restore uniformity. The mix of exfoliating and calming papaya seed oil, papaya enzymes, papaya extract, and antioxidant-packed blueberry, leaves skin clean, bouncy, and glowing. An absolute must-try, this formula is vegan, cruelty-free and free from PEG, parabens, mineral oil, sulfates, silicones, phthalates, drying alcohols, synthetic dyes and fragrance – we’re thoroughly impressed!


Emma Hardie {Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth}

With an extensive list of accolades and legions of devotees – from beauty editors to bloggers and countless Cult Beauty customers (just glance through the reviews) – Emma Hardie Skincare’s multi-award-winning Moringa Cleansing Balm has earned ‘skin care essential’ status, with good reason… A pleasure to use, this velvety balm smells incredible (thanks to its intoxicating cocktail of essential oils) and it conditions your skin as it cleanses; effortlessly melting every trace of make up, daily dirt and grime while helping to replenish your cells’ reservoirs. Suitable for all skin types, a little goes a loooooong long way so each jar will last for ages, making this a fabulous investment in the future of your face.


Wishful {Clean Genie Cleansing Balm}

There’s no need for an Aladdin-inspired genie thanks to Wishful’s all-new Clean Genie Cleansing Balm. A must-have for swiftly sloughing away the day, Huda Kattan’s balm-to-milk formula is incredibly hardworking while still nourishing too. Infused with malachite, the Clean Genie Cleansing Balm effortlessly pulls impurities from the skin while melting make up on contact. The addition of green tea helps to condition skin, resulting in a clean, clear and fresh finish. Promising to leave behind zero residue or oiliness without drying, this is a must-try.


Drunk Elephant’s {Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser}

Free from the suspicious six, Slaai is infused with antioxidant-rich fruit extracts and oils to help soothe skin while an African oil blend of marula, baobab, Kalahari melon, mongongo and ximenia, intensely moisturises, restores elasticity and helps to recover your skin’s luminosity. Designed to be used on dry skin, Slaai removes excess oil, grime and make up from skin. Adding water activates Slaai into a milk that rinses cleanly, leaving behind a dewy glow. Use the accompanying Bamboo Booster – a physical exfoliant, formed from ultra-fine bamboo and charcoal spheres, once or twice a week to gently slough away build-up and dead skin cells to help reveal a dewy complexion. 


It Cosmetics {Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Balm}

A fast-acting cleanser, make up remover and age-defying serum in one, this balm provides an effortlessly easy way to remove your make up and nourish your skin. The formula is enriched with deep-cleansing extracts and botanicals to completely remove all impurities without drying or irritating. A ‘Skin-Softening Serum Concentrate’ is activated on contact, providing a soft barrier of moisture that helps to ward off free radicals and pollutants for healthy, younger-looking results.


Farmacy {Green Clean}

A beautiful aquamarine cleansing balm, FARMACY’s Green Clean is a nourishing, solid-to-oil cleanser that eliminates impurities to leave your skin velvety smooth and contented. With moringa tree extract to neutralise dirt and pollutants, alongside sunflower and ginger root oils to deep-clean and condition, this gentle formula is suitable for all skin types – including dry, stressed-out or sensitised. Papaya extract has a natural skin-brightening effect (eradicating dulling dead skin cells), while an aromatic blend of lime, bergamot and orange essential oils works to revitalise a lacklustre complexion (and inspire a feeling of wellbeing). 


Emmie Thornhill

Emmie Thornhill

Deputy Content Editor

Emmie is Cult Beauty’s Deputy Content Editor. Her love of skin care began in primary school when she first learned the term “hormonal acne” and has been in a love-hate relationship with tea tree oil ever since. She lives in East London – where you can normally find her baking, tending to her plant jungle or planning her next tattoo or hair cut/colour appointment – and is known to start DMCs with you about your birth chart placements, the importance of wearing SPF every day and the difference between a vagina and vulva.